I just bought a cheap
trolling motor, ($100), used, and a deep cycle battery
No lugging a big heavy outboard
off of the back of your boat in rolling, pitching seas, no trying to hit a moving target from a moving target, with a 50LB mansized deadweight. and then dragging gas tank, gas lines, etc...
Now I just step on with both battery
, and motor slung under one arm, plug
in and go.
No yanking on starter cord, (if you have electric
start you have to drag a battery onboard anyway). No flooded carb, no mixing oil
and gas, no wet spark plugs, tweaking with choke, leaking fuel
lines because of alchohol in the gas, using wire hanger to clean cooling
intakes, dissassembling entire outboard to change out bad water
impeller, sudden stop because you sucked something into intake and it overheated, or got an air bubble, or water
line. More yanking on power cord while you figure it out and drift into shoals, or path of a big ship, or out to sea.
Just quietly putter along, in complete silence, it's as hard as flipping a light switch.
I still have the outboard, but rarely use it, unless I have a long way to go, and it's really choppy, I just use the trolling motor.